Jane Austen, a well-known author in the early 1800s, “advocated for the dignity, intelligence, and basic human potential of the female sex,” but feminists think of a separate, specific event as kicking off women's rights activism (Rampton). In July of 1848, the first meeting that had ever addressed women's rights exclusively took place in Seneca Falls, New York. Over 300 men and women came to the convention, and this started the first wave of feminism in which American women fought for the right to vote. The second wave fought for freedom of sexuality while the third wave, which is currently taking place, fights against America's raunch or sexually driven culture in order to lessen the burden of oppression and “-isms” of people other than male WASPS. Feminism is the equality of men and women but has evolved into a fight for more than just two separate sexes. Throughout the three waves of feminism, feminists have fought for equal social rights and expanded this belief to people of all cultures, sexualities, and gender identities. Feminism is defined not only by the 3 major “waves” that took place in America's history for women, but also our raunch culture today, oppression from patriarchy, and our white-run, hetero-normative society.
The first wave of feminism involved women fighting for social equality; they wanted the right to vote and get professions outside of the home. Finally, after years of striking and protesting women got the right to vote on July 20, 1920 in the United States of America. Next came the second wave of feminism. Taking place from the 1950s-'90s, it was more about minorities and getting better rights for women, people of color, and people who didn't fall into the hetero-normative society. Martha Rampton, a...
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